Recon's First ODST Build (Foam) WIP (Picture Heavy)

HATE Recon

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I recently decided to get into costuming. I've been interested in doing it for a while, and now I have finally decided to try it. I three days ago. It took two of those to days to assemble the helmet.
Helmet Pictures below.
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11/4/16

Today I have already completed both hip plates and the belt plate. Let me know how I'm doing so far.

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11/5/16
I spent today constructing the shoulders. The first pair came out a little small, so I'm going to use them on my nephews costume. Picture below


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11/6/15

Here are the pictures of the knee pad and current helmet progress. Tell me what you guys think so far. Also, would it look weird if I started using 1/2in foam for the rest of the pieces, as I've been using 3/8in. I was mainly thinking of using the 1/2in for the chest assets and vest, and possibly the shins.

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UPDATE
I've been posting updates as replies, but I think it's nice to have the initial post up to date aswell. I have completed the chest core, lower chest, and chestplate. I'll post pictures shortly, but today I'm going to try to complete the chest assets.

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SI3RRA 117

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I think your gonna have a hard time with printer paper.....even with heavy cardstock you run into warping. I would use that helmet as a practice piece and redo it with cardstock. Not trying to be a naysayer or shoot you down, I just think you'll be disappointed working with the printer paper. Your pepping looks good and if your scaling is good your cardstock piece will come out even better. Best of luck with your build
 

HATE Recon

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I think your gonna have a hard time with printer paper.....even with heavy cardstock you run into warping. I would use that helmet as a practice piece and redo it with cardstock. Not trying to be a naysayer or shoot you down, I just think you'll be disappointed working with the printer paper. Your pepping looks good and if your scaling is good your cardstock piece will come out even better. Best of luck with your build
I was actually considering just making a foam helmet, as I have plenty of 3/8 in foam. I don't exactly have the ability to use fiberglass resin and bondo in my dorm room.

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HATE Recon

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I've decided to make a new foam helmet. It's about halfway done. I will add update and photos later today.

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Dirtdives

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Good luck and welcome to the 405th.
 

HATE Recon

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New update!
I completed my foam helmet, but it seems a little small. We'll have to see once I put the visor in. I still need to sand and seal it, as well as put a coat of primer on. Picture of me trying it on below.
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Schankerz

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Hey I really like how your helmet turned out! Would it be any trouble if you could post a few more pictures of it from different sides? I'm making my first foam ODST helmet myself and all the reference pictures I can get would be fantastic!
 

HATE Recon

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Hey I really like how your helmet turned out! Would it be any trouble if you could post a few more pictures of it from different sides? I'm making my first foam ODST helmet myself and all the reference pictures I can get would be fantastic!
No problem! I mainly used the foam helmet file within the archive of 405th. I made a few modifications, since some of the stencils were not applicable with foam. There are two holes, that I purposely left. I'm going to fill them before I plastidip the helmet.

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HATE Recon

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Update!
I decided that the shoulders were still too small, and since my 1/2in foam came yesterday, I rescaled and remade the shoulder, and as an added bonus, my foam skill is improving. Pictures to follow.


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HATE Recon

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I have to improvise since I don't have a heat gun atm. All the grooves that appear to have been made using scoring and a heat gun were actually made by scoring, and then I used the end of the hot glue gun to heat the scoring marks, which produced a similar effect to that of the heat gun.

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HATE Recon

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UPDATE
Sorry for the delay guys, been kinda busy lately. Over the last two days I completed the vest and lower chest core, using Hugh's ODST pep files, modified for foam. Images below.
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HATE Recon

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I used hugh's chest core and lower chest pep files. It was interesting modifying it to work with foam, but I think it turned out great, especially since this is my first ever attempt at building a costume, as well as my first time using eva foam.

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Dirtdives

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Looks good so far. I wish the pic was a bit clearer. It gets a bit grainy when zoom in.
 

HATE Recon

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Looks good so far. I wish the pic was a bit clearer. It gets a bit grainy when zoom in.
Yeah. I had to use my laptop webcam. I'll post better pictures today, probably after I plastidip the armor. I just got my visor plastic and black vht nightshades today.

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HATE Recon

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UPDATE
I have completed my helmet, chest assets, and visor. I applied too much nite shades at first, but luckily I was able to recover it, and it turned out nicely for my first ever. Pictures below, main post soon to be updated.
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The last picture was taken after I plastidipped the entire torso

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Dirtdives

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Fantastic work dude. If I may make a suggestion, try not to over do it w/ the hot glue. Use just enough to keep the joint together and later on after it cools, apply a heaver coating on the inside for overall strength. This will prevent hot glue from "Spilling" out on to the front of your suit. If you are gluing 2 beveled joints together, I find that if you apply glue to the edge of one and roll the other piece in to place, it forces the glue towards the back of the piece rather than out the front. Yes, you get occasional front spillage but its not significant and easily correctable. A hot knife will take out any glue beads and a bit of sanding will conceal everything else. Great job though, keep it up and you'll be done in no time. Looking forward to the next piece and a completed suit.
 

HATE Recon

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Fantastic work dude. If I may make a suggestion, try not to over do it w/ the hot glue. Use just enough to keep the joint together and later on after it cools, apply a heaver coating on the inside for overall strength. This will prevent hot glue from "Spilling" out on to the front of your suit. If you are gluing 2 beveled joints together, I find that if you apply glue to the edge of one and roll the other piece in to place, it forces the glue towards the back of the piece rather than out the front. Yes, you get occasional front spillage but its not significant and easily correctable. A hot knife will take out any glue beads and a bit of sanding will conceal everything else. Great job though, keep it up and you'll be done in no time. Looking forward to the next piece and a completed suit.
Thanks for the tip. I'll try it out on the thigh pads.

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